Twice a year, approximately 49 days before and after the summer solstice, the sunset over the pacific ocean aligns with the rows of piles that support Scripps Pier at La Jolla Shores
. The path of the sun approaching the horizon is not perpendicular to the horizon, so the sun appears to take a diagonal path through the vertical window at the end of the pier. This diagonal path has the effect of sharing the wealth between about three days each alignment: on one day, the sun centers itself at the top of the window; in the vertical center on the middle day; and at the bottom of the window on the third.
|Showing an example of the paths|
taken by the sun through the window
on three consecutive days.
The event is a great opportunity for interesting photos. I've posted some taken both in August 2010 and May 2012 on my Picassa Web. Enjoy! (click the photos below to view the albums).
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